Slow starts and strong comebacks. That is the recipe the Bears have followed early in the season. In the home opener, Shelbyville struggled to make their mark on the game, and Lawrence North was able to capitalize. An intercepted pass in the midfield forced the Bears into a foul right outside the box. The Wildcats were able to open the scoring directly from the free kick. Later in the first half, in an attempt to clear a Lawrence North corner, Alex Gil’s header was redirected in the Bears’ net. In previous years, Shelbyville might have folded and let the game get away from them. This year’s version seems different. The midfield was needing an energy boost and Eddie Robledo answered the call. He provided composure on the ball and movement off of it, while still putting in a high work rate defensively. Eddie’s effort helped stabilize the game and get the Bears to halftime within striking distance.
Shelbyville regrouped at halftime and (similar to Oldenburg on Thursday) came out with a different energy and fight. Seven of the team’s 9 total shots came after the break, as the Bears tried to push to make it a contest. The first breakthrough came with Oscar Hernandez slipped Cory Taylor in on goal. Taylor was able to get his shot away before the LN keeper could come out. Shelbyville regained momentum and found an equalizer as Eddie Carrizalez pounced on a rebounded shot. Through the first week of games, it is clear that Shelbyville has a fighting spirit that should keep them in any game. That spirit will be tested, however, as they travel to No. 5 Hamilton Southeastern on Thursday.